What is this? Overton County Courthouse Artillery Piece

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Was just at the Overton County Courthouse in Livingston, TN. Interesting history behind the courthouse itself and the county sitting on the TN/KY line also has some very interesting Civil War history. Now this particular piece, I am thinking WW1. However the wheels suggest Civil War to me. Just curious if anybody could identify that piece for me? Is it possible a piece like that was used at Shiloh, Franklin, maybe Murfreesboro?

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Not CW era; WWI German mortar.

 
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Was just at the Overton County Courthouse in Livingston, TN. Interesting history behind the courthouse itself and the county sitting on the TN/KY line also has some very interesting Civil War history. Now this particular piece, I am thinking WW1. However the wheels suggest Civil War to me. Just curious if anybody could identify that piece for me? Is it possible a piece like that was used at Shiloh, Franklin, maybe Murfreesboro?
It is indeed a German WW1 trench mortar and the wheels are not close to being CW.
However, they are similar to what I believe are called Absterdam wheels that appeared in the U.S. around the turn of the Twentieth Century and are sometimes represented (inaccurately) on reproduction carriages.
 
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